Corporate People News In Brief (January 23, 2012)
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Corporate People News In Brief (January 23, 2012)

New people in new roles at Netflix, Entergy, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Blount, Art Institute of Chicago, and Lighting Science.

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LOS GATOS, CA—Netflix has appointed Jonathan Friedland as chief communications officer. Friedland joined Netflix in February 2011 from The Walt Disney Company, where he was SVP, corporate communications. Before that, he spent over 20 years as a foreign correspondent and editor, mainly with The Wall Street Journal, in the US, Asia and Latin America and co-founded the Diarios Rumbo chain of Spanish-language newspapers in Texas.

NEW ORLEANS—Terry Young has been named vice president of nuclear communications for Entergy Corporation, reporting to Toni Beck, group vice president of corporate communications. Currently director of generation communications for Arizona Public Service Company, Young will lead the nuclear communications function for the nation’s second largest nuclear energy fleet from its headquarters in Jackson, Miss.

WASHINGTON, DC—The Biotechnology Industry Organization has named Fritz Bittenbender as vice president, alliance development and state government relations. In his new role, Bittenbender will also lead BIO's engagement with stakeholder organizations, including patient and disease advocacy groups. Bittenbender most recently served as vice president of public Affairs at Cephalon and as president of the CephalonCares Foundation and earlier held cabinet level positions in the offices of Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker.

PORTLAND, OR—Forestry, agriculture and construction industry supplier Blount International has named David Dugan to the newly created position of director, corporate communications and investor relations. Dugan previously served as advertising and marketing research manager for Blount's forestry lawn and garden business. Prior to joining Blount in 2008, he served in a communication and investor relations role at Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.

CHICAGO—The Art Institute of Chicago has appointed Gordon Montgomery as Vice president of marketing and public affairs. Montgomery leads a team of more than 50 people that together manages the museum's programs in marketing, public affairs, communications, graphics, and membership. He comes to the Art Institute after serving as chief marketing officer for HomeMade Pizza Company, and earlier spent four years as senior vice president of marketing and network management for NewSight Corporation, a new media and technology startup.

SATELLITE BEACH, FL—Lighting Science Group Corporation, a leading LED lighting manufacturer, has hired Andrew Beck to serve as chief communications officer. A former director of public affairs at the US Department of Energy, Beck will oversee all aspects of the company's internal and external communications and advise on government affairs, investor relations and issues management. Prior to joining Lighting Science Group, Beck was a senior vice president at public relations firm MWW Group and earlier vice president of public affairs at PetroAlgae, a renewable energy company.
 

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